In The Marketplace: How a neck injury turned into a small business enterprise

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Starting a business was the furthest thing from Paulette Fellows’ mind when she suffered a neck injury in 2002.

But little did she know that this painful experience would lead her to develop an innovative solution, not just for her own problem, but for countless others through a small business of her own. Paulette created a homegrown business, handcrafting individual pillows right here in America.

At The Marketplace by TheBlaze, this is how stories from our shop owners often begin: a tough problem followed by a great idea. While good ideas don’t always turn into successful start-ups, Paulette’s idea did.

“If you’re meant to be an entrepreneur, if you’ve got a good heart, a good idea and a good product, it’ll get out there,” Paulette says. “That’s what’s happened to us.”

After an appointment with the chiropractor, Paulette went home with a still-aching neck and a recommendation to start sleeping on a rolled-up towel. Because the injury had left Paulette with no curve in her neck, she needed extra support in order to sleep comfortably at night.

The PF Pillow features two comfort zones: Poly-Flex neck support and soft, premium duck feather interior.

It didn’t take long for Paulette to realize that the towel was not doing the trick. She tried pillow after pillow but still continued to struggle each night with restless sleep. Her chiropractor had recommended some specially designed chiropractic pillows, but none of those seemed to work for her either

Finally, on a particularly exasperating night, Paulette blurted to her husband, “Why can’t they make one of these with more support?” His response was, “Well, make one!” Determined as ever, that’s exactly what she did.

Paulette designed a pillow that can benefit anyone who uses an ordinary pillow—not just people with neck injuries like herself. The PF Pillow is like a traditional bed pillow, but with added neck support, featuring two separate comfort zones. An ergonomically designed, Poly-Flex support is hand-positioned in a secure interior compartment and the rest of the pillow is filled with the softest premium duck feathers.

PF Pillows are hand-crafted with a dual-layer fabric and double stitching. Making her product 100 percent in the USA allows Paulette to not only ensure the quality is always there, but also to contribute to the local economy.

“Because of our growth we have been able to contract part of our manufacturing process to two other local Minnesota businesses,” Paulette says. “During peak manufacturing times we have been able to hire, temporarily, workers to help with production and shipping. At one point we had a struggling single mom, a retired senior citizen and young, single father.”

One of the biggest challenges Paulette’s business faces is competing against giant importers that are able to lower their prices by sending their manufacturing overseas.

“Keeping our pricing as reasonable as we can in order to be competitive and still make a profit means slow growth,” Paulette says. But she remains dedicated to her customers’ demand for a quality product that’s made in the USA.

“What really keeps me going,” she says, “is the feedback I get from my customers. People telling me it’s the first time they’ve slept in years. It’s a great feeling knowing you’ve been able to make a difference in someone’s life.”

To learn more about PF Pillows or to discover more American made products in The Marketplace,click here.

Terry Trobiani owns Gianelli's Drive Thru in Prairie Grove, Illinois, where he put up a row of American flags for the Fourth of July. But the city claimed he was displaying two of them improperly and issued him a $100 ticket for each flag.

Terry joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to explain what he believes really happened. He told Glenn that, according to city ordinance, the American flag is considered "ornamental" and should therefore have been permitted on a federal holiday. But the city has now classified the flag as a "sign."

"Apparently, the village of Prairie Grove has classified the American flag as a sign and they've taken away the symbol of the American flag," Terry said. "So, as a sign, it falls under their temporary sign ordinance, which prohibits any flying, or any positioning of signs on your property — and now this includes the American flag. [...] The only way I could fly the American flag on my property is if I put it on a permanent 20 to 30-foot flagpole, which they have to permit."

Terry went on to explain how the city is now demanding an apology for his actions, and all after more than a year of small-business crushing COVID restrictions and government mandates.

"COVID was tough," Terry stated. "You know, we're in the restaurant business. COVID was tough on us. We succeeded. We made it through. We cut a lot of things, but we never cut an employee. We paid all our employees. I didn't take a paycheck for a year just to keep our employees on, because it was that important to me to keep things going. And, you know, you fight for a year, and you beat a pandemic, and then you have this little municipality with five trustees and a president, who just have no respect for small businesses. And right now, what I see is they have no respect for the republic and the United States ... I think it's terrible. The direction that government, at all levels, have taken us to this point, it's despicable."

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The Biden administration is now doing everything it can to censor what it has decided is COVID-19 "misinformation." But Glenn Beck isn't confident that the silencing of voices will stop there.

Yeonmi Park grew up in North Korea, where there is no freedom of speech, and she joined Glenn to warn that America must not let this freedom go.

"Whenever authoritarianism rises, the first thing they go after is freedom of speech," she said.

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Most self-proclaimed Marxists know very little about Marxism. Some of them have all the buzzwords memorized. They talk about the exploits of labor. They talk about the slavery of capitalist society and the alienation caused by capital. They talk about the evils of power and domination.

But they don't actually believe what they say. Or else they wouldn't be such violent hypocrites. And we're not being dramatic when we say "violent."

For them, Marxism is a political tool that they use to degrade and annoy their political enemies.

They don't actually care about the working class.

Another important thing to remember about Marxists is that they talk about how they want to defend the working class, but they don't actually understand the working class. They definitely don't realize that the working class is composed mostly of so many of the people they hate. Because, here's the thing, they don't actually care about the working class. Or the middle class. They wouldn't have the slightest clue how to actually work, not the way we do. For them, work involves ranting about how work and labor are evil.

Ironically, if their communist utopia actually arrived, they would be the first ones against the wall. Because they have nothing to offer except dissent. They have no practical use and no real connection to reality.

Again ironically, they are the ultimate proof of the success of capitalism. The fact that they can freely call for its demise, in tweets that they send from their capitalistic iPhones, is proof that capitalism affords them tremendous luxuries.

Their specialty is complaining. They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They sneer at Christianity for promising Heaven in exchange for good deeds on earth — which is a terrible description of Christianity, but it's what they actually believe — and at the same time they criticize Christianity for promising a utopia, they give their unconditional devotion to a religion that promises a utopia.

They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They think capitalism has turned us into machines. Which is a bad interpretation of Marx's concept of the General Intellect, the idea that humans are the ones who create machines, so humans, not God, are the creators.

They think that the only way to achieve the perfect society is by radically changing and even destroying the current society. It's what they mean when they say things about the "status quo" and "hegemony" and the "established order." They believe that the system is broken and the way to fix it is to destroy, destroy, destroy.

Critical race theory actually takes it a step farther. It tells us that the racist system can never be changed. That racism is the original sin that white people can never overcome. Of course, critical race theorists suggest "alternative institutions," but these "alternative institutions" are basically the same as the ones we have now, only less effective and actually racist.

Marx's violent revolution never happened. Or at least it never succeeded. Marx's followers have had to take a different approach. And now, we are living through the Revolution of Constant Whining.

This post is part of a series on critical race theory. Read the full series here.

Americans are losing faith in our justice system and the idea that legal consequences are applied equally — even to powerful elites in office.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail what he believes will come next with the Durham investigation, which hopefully will provide answers to the Obama FBI's alleged attempts to sabotage former President Donald Trump and his campaign years ago.

Rep. Nunes and Glenn assert that we know Trump did NOT collude with Russia, and that several members of the FBI possibly committed huge abuses of power. So, when will we see justice?

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